After Trump’s visit to Greenville on Jul. 17, many students and faculty members felt that not enough was said or done to prepare them for the visit and the feelings that were to follow. Some students and faculty members felt that emotional safety needed to be reinforced on campus.
During the Cupola Conversation that took place on Aug. 20, students and staff members spoke out on their feelings of unease after the Trump rally. Ashley Cleland, associate director for the Women and Gender Office, spoke out about how students and faculty can work on practicing emotional safety on campus not only during political visits, but in general.
Cleland brought up how there needs to be more places on campus where students should feel emotionally safe, such as in the classroom. However, she also mentioned current safe places that students can go to in a time of need such as the Women and Gender Office, the Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center, and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center. Student Body President Colin Johnson also acknowledged the requests for a safer and more accepting campus.
We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, appreciate the efforts of faculty and students in creating an inclusive and safe campus and the need for emotional safety gaining awareness on campus through arising discussions.
ECU students and faculty members deserve to feel safe and accepted on campus and the topic of emotional safety being brought up opens the doors for future discussions of emotional safety and acceptance and can ultimately lead to a more inclusive community.